|June 7, 2012|
|CISNC News | Grants & Awards | Afilliate News | Events & Trainings|
A Word To Our Readers
Summer is here! Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) congratulates all of our affiliates on a job well done this past school year. The tireless work of our 38 affiliates to surround students with a community of support is invaluable. Similarly, we would like to congratulate each and every one of our CIS students this year, especially our graduates!
Here at the state office, we are gearing up for summer trainings as well as kicking off the second year of our "Build A Backpack" back-to-school supply drive campaign in partnership with Walmart—and this year in partnership with Coca-Cola, too!
Communities In Schools works every day to make sure we surround our students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We thank you for your continued support of CISNC and our work as the leading dropout prevention organization in North Carolina. Thank you for reading!
Note: Feedback and any newsletter submissions can be directed to Communications Intern Sarah Wood, who will be handling the newsletter this summer while Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin is on maternity leave. As always, we welcome your input!
The Economic Impact of Communities In Schools
The national office of CIS recently released findings from a study conducted by one of the nation’s leading economic modeling firms EMSI, assessing the economic and social returns to society of CIS. The purpose of this important rigorous third-party investment analysis is to quantify the return on investment of Communities In Schools’ 113 high school-serving affiliates to its network to taxpayers, businesses and students. The analysis also shows the economic benefits when local affiliates go from implementing parts of the Communities In Schools model in some of their high schools to full implementation in all of their high schools.
Click here to view the study and read up on its findings. Most impressive is the fact that every $1 invested in CIS creates $11.60 of economic benefit; that all students served will collectively increase their disposable income by $63 million annually; and that over the lifetime of the investment, the present value of the social savings (public and private) due to reductions in smoking, alcoholism, crime, welfare and unemployment totals $154.5 million. Not bad!
The national office has developed a suite of PR materials associated with this return on investment study, including localized, customizable tempates for the 21 North Carolina affiliates included in the study. Please don't hesitate to contact Communications & Media Specialist Rebecca Clendenin for assistance in promoting this news to the business and civic communities and to the media.
CIS Board Manual
The CIS Board Manual is now available to all within the CIS network for download on CISnet. The CIS Board Manual is intended to act as an orientation and reference tool for CIS Affiliate Board Members in the CIS national network. It is comprised of information contained within the Standards and Evidence-based Curriculum (SEBC) manuals that pertain to Board governance, as well as overviews of the network and all CIS operations. The manual can be used in its complete form as an all-inclusive orientation and training tool for Board Members. It can also be broken down into smaller pieces and used by Executive Directors and Board Members to best suit the learning needs of the individual or organization. Click here to log in to CISnet.
"Build A Backpack" 2012
CISNC is thrilled to partner once again with Walmart on our second statewide "Build A Backpack" back-to-school supply drive. We were pleased with the results of our inaugural year and are very hopeful that this year's campaign will exceed last year's success. The campaign will run July 23 - August 31, 2012, and involve all 145 Walmart stores statewide. Stay tuned for a toolkit of materials—a one-pager, talking points, a customizable local-level press announcement, best practices from last year's drive, a partnership agreement, etc.—within the next week or so. Any questions in the meantime can be directed to Training & Events Coordinator April Bush.
Mentoring Materials Available Online
CISNC is happy to offer a host of materials on mentoring, including links to webinars addressing such topics as assessing your mentoring program, elements of effective mentoring practice, mentoring gang involved youth, effective mentor recruitment and more. Check out these great tools by clicking here!
School Improvement Challenge—June 29 Deadline
Together to Tomorrow, a joint initiative of the Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to spur community engagement in turning around the nation’s lowest-performing schools, launched its School Improvement Challenge for the 2012-13 school year. The Challenge is an opportunity for schools and districts, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations to join with other partners in efforts to improve their neediest schools by raising key measurable student outcomes: attendance, behavior, course performance and college access. Plans may be submitted to catalyze new partnerships as well as spotlight and expand exemplary initiatives already working to raise student achievement and strengthen a community culture of educational success. Plans may encompass a single local community or a regional, state or national endeavor with multiple sites. The Challenge is not a new grant program, but rather an approach to better coordinate resources and initiatives. All schools and communities that meet the criteria will garner national recognition and become part of a learning network. Selected applicants will also be invited to attend a special event in Washington, D.C. Plans must be submitted by June 29. Click here for more information.
Leadership North Carolina—June 30 Deadline
Leadership North Carolina (LNC) is pleased to announce that the application period for LNC Class XX is now open. Interested applicants can access the online application form by clicking on the "Apply Now" button here. Open to all citizens of the state, LNC seeks a class of approximately 50 leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities of the state from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Special effort is made to ensure diversity among class members (race, gender, geography, occupation, stage of career, etc.). Characteristics of a successful applicant include commitment, motivation, and interest in serving the state; demonstrated voluntary leadership in community affairs; a desire and willingness to seek key volunteer and/or appointed leadership roles; an occupational commitment to remain in the state; and a long-term commitment to playing a personal role in helping to shape North Carolina's future. This year, LNC is especially focused on recruiting participants from the following counties, which have never been represented in the LNC program: Alexander, Alleghany, Bertie, Camden, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Gates, Graham, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Martin, Northampton, Perquimans, Richmond, Stokes, Surry, Tyrrell, Washington and Yadkin. The application period will close on June 30.
Performance Learning Centers Graduate Nearly 350!
A big shout-out to our Performance Learning Centers (PLCs) on successfully graduating nearly 350 students this academic year! The PLCs are Communities In Schools’ answer to addressing the unique challenges faced by students who are not successful in traditional high schools, where many PLC students are on the verge of dropping out or have dropped out already. The following is a listing of graduation dates and number of graduates from this school year:
CISNC is so proud of these graduates and thanks each and every PLC teacher and staff member for his/her devotion to not letting any of these students give up. The PLCs are truly a testament to the CIS motto: "Every child. Every day. Any way."
Congratulations to CIS of Lee County on Achieving National Accreditation
Please join CISNC in congratulating CIS of Lee County on achieving National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities In Schools Total Quality System (TQS) Standards. North Carolina continues to be the country's leader in accredited affiliates—19 now and counting!
CIS of Rutherford County's Leader of the Pack 5K Run & Fun Run A Big Success
On May 12, CIS of Rutherford County hosted its 3rd Annual Leader of the Pack 5k & Fun Run. With the participation and the generous support of a host of sponsors, CIS of Rutherford was able to add more than $11,000 to its program support this year. Congratulations, CIS of Rutherford!
CIS of Brunswick County Hosts Big Toy Day
More than 55 exhibitors and 1,700 people enjoyed the 4th Annual CIS of Brunswick County Big Toy Day at the The Brunswick County Airport Commission on May 24. Whether a child preferred planes, cars, trucks or animals, the event held something special for everyone. Designed to provide a fun-filled educational experience for kids of all ages, the day gave a behind-the-scenes peak into the careers of pilots, truck drivers, fire fighters, law enforcement agents, military services, sanitation crews, construction workers, animal trainers and more. Congratulations to CIS of Brunswick on this successful event.
CIS of Robeson County Awarded Technology Classroom
Congratulations to CIS of Robeson County. UNC-Pembroke has provided the technology for a 21st Century Classroom to be installed at the CIS Academy, operated by CIS of Robeson County—a value of more than $27,000!
Free BoardSource Webinar on Board Recruitment
Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of an organization than getting highly qualified, skilled, enthusiastic people to serve on your Board. This webinar will help your Board sharpen its focus in key areas of recruitment, including setting the framework for the recruitment process, identifying and cultivating potential candidates and building a diverse and inclusive Board. To register, click here. Note: You must be logged in as BoardSource member to access this webinar for free. As part of the organizational membership the national office of Communities In Schools has purchased, all CIS staff and Board Members are eligible for free BoardSource membership. If you have not activated your membership yet, please contact Daria Teutonico at the national office for assistance.
"Leadership Styles, Coaching and Climate" Conference for Executive Directors
This one-day conference promises to offer opportunities to learn more about your leadership style from professional trainers and a chance to spend time with your peers. There is no charge for the event, but you must register on CVENT by clicking here. This conference is open to CIS Executive Directors only.
Financial Literacy $ummit III
In an effort to help teachers prepare students to develop financially sound ways of thinking and problem-solving in their everyday lives and to become knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and informed investors, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy for Youth and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction are presenting a one-day Financial Literacy Summit for K-12 teachers. For more information about this free event, click here.
Upcoming National Webinars
Dialogue with national leadership and hear how the national office and Board are moving forward in strategic ways on behalf of the network. We will hold the “virtual” opportunity for this by holding a webinar with live broadcast from the national office. Please help spread the word across the network!
Events can be a good way for Board Members to introduce prospective donors to Communities In Schools, but how do you ensure that you are getting the best return for your investment of time and money? Join Terri Clark, CEO of CIS of Nevada, and Becky Gay, Executive Director of CIS of Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County, for a resource development webinar on fundraising events that have been proven to work from around the network. We also will talk about best practices to keep your fundraising costs low and maximize your conversion rates through proper follow up.
To register for these or any other upcoming webinars, please visit Communities In Schools' WebEx Event Center and click on “Register” next to the topic that interests you.
Save The Date: CISNC Summer Training Institutes
Stay tuned for more information from CISNC as these dates approach!
Save The Date: CIS Leadership Town Hall
Participate in a peer-to-peer conversation with expert leaders from across the network that will help shape and drive the future of the Communities In Schools. Panelists will discuss their success in achieving our strategic objectives: Unlocking the Potential; Changing the Frame; and, Securing the Future. Then join the National Board for a reception and dinner that will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Communities In Schools! For more information, click here.
Save The Date: CISNC Winter Training Institute
In lieu of the Annual Training Institute at Pinehurst, CISNC is offering a Winter Training Institute that will address programmatic as well as management and leadership topics. An Executive Directors’ Meeting will also be included. Please mark your calendars for now and we will keep you posted as we develop this event.